Affinity groups at Bishop's meet during lunch and are times reserved for students to come together regularly to be with others and discuss issues that are important to those who identify with a shared fixed cultural or socially-marginalized identity. Though themed to focus on topics connected to specific identities, affinity groups are open to all students who are interested in learning more and hearing from their peers.
Affinity groups and spaces are created to meet the needs of group members and their allies at Bishop's, where participants can develop a better understanding of their identities that shape their experiences in and out of school. The intent is to create spaces where participants can be frank and honest in sharing perspectives with one another.
Students in Bishop's affinity groups use the time to share personal successes, reflect on their own identity development and support each other in addressing issues that come up for the participants. Group leaders facilitate the conversations, set ground rules, create agendas, supports active involvement of all participants in the group and pose questions to members of the group for discussion.
Students interested in participating in affinity groups are welcome to attend meetings. Those with questions should contact the faculty sponsor or the Director of Diversity & Community Life, David Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org).